National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warning issued for aftermarket

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(WKBN) – Following an accident that caused injury to a driver, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is sending out another warning about aftermarket steering wheel decals.

The aftermarket decals are made of metal or plastic covered with rhinestones or other shiny decorations and have an adhesive back that covers the vehicle’s logo on the steering wheel.

Safety officials said the the force of a deploying airbag in a crash can cause the decals to come loose and become a projectile inside the vehicle, causing injury or death.

Recently, a driver who was involved in a crash with airbag deployment was hit with two pieces of metal from a decal with rhinestones and they went into the person’s face and neck.

Previously, a driver lost an eye after a decal dislodged from the steering wheel and hit the driver in the face.

Unlike the permanently affixed factory emblems, aftermarket decals can easily come off.

Consumers should also remove any such decals they have already applied to their steering wheels, safety officials said.

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